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Male Birds' Ability To Learn Song Affects Female Mating Response

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September 11, 2002
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Duke University
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Researchers have found that how well a male songbird learns his song affects the female's mating response – the first evidence that female birds use song-learning ability as an indicator of male quality. The study goes beyond previous such studies, which have only demonstrated that very poor or absent male songs affect female mating response.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Researchers have found that how well a male songbird learns his song affects the female's mating response – the first evidence that female birds use song-learning ability as an indicator of male quality. The study goes beyond previous such studies, which have only demonstrated that very poor or absent male songs affect female mating response.


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